HIV and AIDS infected man opens NPO to help youth

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Mr Seema

Mr Thabiso Seema is a 34-year-old man living with HIV from Orchads currently running a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) called Thabiso Semma Foundation.

He donates sanitary towels and food parcels to disadvantaged young people and focuses on educating the youth about HIV and AIDS targeting rural areas.

He also runs a Facebook TV channel called Seema Tv to reach different individuals to help them break the stigma of HIV and AIDS.

Mr Seema said, found out about his status last year January when he wanted to settle down with his partner after being with multiple partners without using protection.

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”Being in the taxi industry made me sleep with many girls and most of them were teenagers, I would get infected with STI’s but would not be that much of a problem because I knew anti-biotics would fix the problem but when I found out I was HIV positive my life changed,” he said.

“I want to raise awareness and break the stigma of HIV, and teach young people and my fellow taxi drivers that being positive is not a death sentence. The guys at the taxi rank used to tell me to get anti-biotics for drop and I’ll be fine.

“I came out because I want to encourage other men to get tested, I am not afraid to disclose my status to young people because I want them to know that it is important to have one sexual partner and they should at all times use protection,” he added.

He also said that he would appreciate donations to help run the NPO.

“My mission is to campaign in schools and universities so transport is a major issue for my team, HIV is no longer a pandemic so my wish is to save young people from the fear of being positive,” he said.